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What is it?
Jeep has recently released three new models for the year of 2022, and one of them is the all-new, locally assembled Jeep Grand Cherokee. This SUV isJeep’s flagship model and was introduced back in 2016 when the brand first launched in India.
With an all-new Jeep model, the automaker gets to increase its customer base and give a preview of what will be included in future versions of other models, like the Compass and Meridian. These elements include new tech features as well as other offerings.
How is it on the outside?
The Grand Cherokee is the largest and most expensive Jeep SUV in India, and it shows. The luxurious SUV has all of the necessary Jeep traits, like a seven-slat grille and rectangular headlamps. It also boasts old-school boxy SUV styling cues such as large flared wheel arches, five-spoke alloy wheels, and a roofline that slopes towards the back of the vehicle. On its sides, you’ll find prominent shoulder lines as well as “Grand Cherokee” written near each front wheel arch.
The Grand Cherokee comes with rectangular wrap-around tail lamps and the Jeep badge in the middle. It’s a good choice if you’re looking for a vehicle with presence. Where it falls short, at least on first impressions, is the bling factor that’s popular among buyers in this market segment. However, we believe Jeep will offer a range of Mopar accessories to make individual Grand Cherokees more shiny for Indian buyers.
How is it on the inside?
As you enter the cabin of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee, you are greeted by a space that looks similar to what is offered in other Jeep models. The steering wheel, dials, touchscreen, and even the instrument cluster feel familiar as they are very similar to what is offered in the Meridian and Compass models. You get a lot of soft-touch plastics and padded materials on all contact surfaces but there’s no hiding the fact that there are many similarities among the Cherokee, Meridian and Compass models.
The front seats come with a second screen for the passenger, which has good graphics but could be brighter. It’s only usable when viewed head-on, but hopefully it’ll be visible in sunlight too.
Though the car is large, the second row only comfortably sits three people. The centre occupant will be hit with air from the central AC vents. We expected a screen for those in the back seat to be included and hope that Jeep offers it as an accessory.
Although the boot is large, it’s also deep (there’s even a full-sized spare). The best part? It has a foldable parcel shelf, auto opening function and 12V socket. Loading items may be difficult because of the high loading lip, but you get a rubber surface on the edge to hoist items and slide them into the cargo space.
What’s on the feature list?
The Grand Cherokee is available in one fully-loaded top-spec Limited (O) trim. This includes a digital instrument cluster, panoramic sunroof, touchscreen infotainment system with a 10.2-inch display, two-zone climate control with rear AC vents, power front seats, power mirrors and windows 360 degree camera view , HUD,, media control for front passenger seat screens(about passengers safety),and leather upholstery.
The Grand Cherokee is equipped with eight airbags, ABS with EBD, ADAS, tyre pressure monitor, hill start assist and stability programme. With all of these features included standard, the Grand Cherokee should have no problem competing against other vehicles in its class.
What’s under the hood?
The only engine available on the Grand Cherokee in India is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol that produces 271bhp/400Nm, its torque allows the maximum towing capacity of up to 7,200 pounds. This engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and also gets Jeep’s Quadratrac 4X4 system with shiftable drive modes for sand/mud and snow, as well as an auto mode and a sport mode. There is no diesel engine option at all for this fifth-generation Grand Cherokee anywhere in the world; instead, it gets Jeep’s 4Xe hybrid technology.
The Jeep Cherokee, being the flagship in the Jeep range, looks like a suitable candidate to introduce this tech to India whenever Jeep plans to bring it here. We will put the Grand Cherokee through its paces both on road and off it once we get a chance to drive the car towards early 2023.
What about pricing and rivals?
The Jeep Grand Cherokee, in its fifth generation state, is now competing with the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Lexus RX and Range Rover Velar. As of writing this first look article, the Jeep Grand Cherokee had been priced at Rs 77.50 lakh (Introductory price, ex-showroom).